Railway to compensate in Sambalpur level crossing tragedy

Bhubaneshwar (BBS): The East Coast Railway (ECoR) has agreed to pay compensation amount to the kin of the victims of Maneswar level crossing tragedy. Earlier the High Court has directed the railway authority to compensate the victim’s family but the later has been deferring the court order since.

At least 14 women died and five other sustained critical injury while they were crossing an unmanned level crossing located between Sambalpur city and Maneswar station on August 24, 2012.

The railway authority agreed to pay Rs 77, 77,569 as compensation to the kin of the victims, the petitioner Prabir das said.

According to reports on the fate day 18 women were returning their home with a three wheeler after work. The women were engaged as daily laborers. While their vehicle was crossing the unmanned level crossing a speeded train rammed over it leaving 12 dead on the spot. The injured including the driver were rushed to the nearest hospital where rest of the 4 were declared dead. Five of them also sustained grievous injuries.

Following the incident rights campaigner and lawyer Prabir Das filed a petition before the High Court seeking proper compensation from the railway to the kin of the victims. Later the court asked the railway authority to properly compensate the victims. The court also made it clear that it authority make delay for the payment then that have to add six percent interest rate to the due amount.